Dunbogan Beach is 9.3 km long and extends southwest between Camden Head and Diamond Head with the last kilometre curving round face the east then northeast. The northern section of the beach is accessible on the Camden Head road and for 2 km south via the Nursery road. A car... Read more
Dunbogan Beach is 9.3 km long and extends southwest between Camden Head and Diamond Head with the last kilometre curving round face the east then northeast. The northern section of the beach is accessible on the Camden Head road and for 2 km south via the Nursery road. A car park and Hamey Lookout is located on Camden Head and provides panoramic view down the beach (Fig. 4.99). A few houses back the beach 1 km south of the head. The main beach was mined for rutile in the 1980s but is now in a relatively natural state and a natural foredune runs the length of the beach. The southern Diamond Head end of the beach lies in Crowdy Head National Park. Car access is available at the Blackbutts, Cheese Tree and Geebung picnic areas as well as at the southern Diamond Head Rest Area where there is a beachfront camping area. Most of the beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m which combine with the fine sand to maintain a continuous double bar system, with rips cutting the inner bar every 300-400 m and more widely spaced rips cutting the outer bar and a permanent rip against Camden Head. At Diamond Head the waves are reduced slightly and the outer bar merges with the inner, however beach rips remain together with a permanent rip against the head (Fig. 4.100).Beach NSW 182(S) is a small pocket of sand located on the northern side of Diamond Head and wedged in between two eastward protruding arms of rhyolite. The small sandy high tide beach is bordered and fronted by rocks and reefs, and receives usually low waves. It can be accessed round the rocks at low tide and from a steep descent off the walking track. The 3 km long Diamond Head walking track commences at the camping area and continues around the head to the southern Indian Head rest area.
Best in the south at Diamond Head where waves are usually lowest, however rips dominate the entire beach so stay on the attached portions of the inner bar and away from rip holes and currents.
During a larger east and south-east swell Diamond Head can produce some good waves if the bars are right, otherwise there are always plenty of beach breaks up the beach, with Camden Head offering some protection during summer northeasterlies.
This beach offers numerous gutters following higher seas, with a continuous trough outside the inner bar. At the south end the gutters tend to decrease, however the north and east side of Diamond Head offers low rocks fronted by deep sand gutters.
Open to Beach Driving permit holders. Permits available from Hastings Shire Council and at Laurieton and Warchope.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw182